Religion and Ethics Newsweekly—Alabama Immigration Law

Posted by Kendall Harmon

[LUCKY] SEVERSON: The solution the legislature came up with has caused quite a commotion. A federal judge temporarily blocked the enactment of House Bill 56 because of several lawsuits filed by four Alabama bishops of different denominations, the Justice Department, the ACLU, civil rights groups, joined by county sheriffs and 16 foreign governments. But some of the loudest protests came from church leaders like Pastor Angie Wright of the Beloved Community United Church of Christ.

PASTOR ANGIE WRIGHT: If I have ten undocumented persons in my church for an English-as-a-second-language class, or for worship, or vacation bible school. and I know that they’re undocumented, I can go to prison for 10 years and pay a $15,000 fine.

SEVERSON: In a nutshell, the bill, as it stands now, criminalizes working, renting, having false papers, shielding, harboring, hiring. and transporting undocumented immigrants. It also deprives them of most local public benefits. As it was intended, it punishes just about every aspect of illegal immigration.

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Posted September 27, 2011 at 4:45 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Br. Michael wrote:

I sure wish I could pick and choose the laws I want to obey and the laws I want enforced.
What we have is a foreign invasion and the abject failure of the federal government at all levels to enforce the law.  A lawless government cannot expect respect for the law by it’s citizens.

September 27, 3:13 pm | [comment link]
2. NoVA Scout wrote:

But it’s even more lawlessness for the states and localities to rush into this area.  Make the federal politicians pay the price for their inaction at the polls and insist on federal immigration law reform.

September 27, 7:23 pm | [comment link]
3. Scatcatpdx wrote:

“FATHER ACKERMAN: The reason why we’ve filed this suit is because we want to keep the government out of our business. The government is trying to tell us what we can or can’t do in terms of works of mercy, works of charity, which are fundamental to our faith.”
I am with him on this. The same can said about private business. It it the panicle of hypocrisy for conservatives who claim they are supporters of the free market, limited government,  and capitalism to condone government telling a private company who they have to hire. Last time I check one doesn’t have a right to a job just because one is an American.
Oh yes can somebody tell me who rights are being infringed by the so call invaders.
Do not give me old tired line its the law; just like Jim crow, slavery and Obama-care just because it is the law doesn’t make it right and defiantly does not make it Christian. I can not give my approval to such laws that infringe the rights of individuals. 

Exodus 22:21
21 “You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.
Leviticus 19:33-34

33 “When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. 34 You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
English Standard Version (ESV)

September 28, 1:29 am | [comment link]
4. The Anti-Gnostic wrote:

LOL.  Let’s look at some other Old Testament texts.

Nehemiah 13:
23In those days also saw I Jews that had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab:
24And their children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews’ language, but according to the language of each people.
25And I contended with them, and cursed them, and smote certain of them, and plucked off their hair, and made them swear by God, saying, Ye shall not give your daughters unto their sons, nor take their daughters unto your sons, or for yourselves…
30Thus cleansed I them from all strangers, and appointed the wards of the priests and the Levites, every one in his business;
31And for the wood offering, at times appointed, and for the firstfruits. Remember me, O my God, for good.

September 28, 11:28 am | [comment link]
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